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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on 13 December 2008
What I really like about it is that you can pick it up, flick through and start anywhere - it's easy to dip into, yet just as good to read from the start.

There's no beating around the bush - author Star Khechara gets straight to the point with everything she has to say and writes clearly and simply. After a couple of quick, easy-to-read chapters on the holistic lifestyle you're practically converted!

But the best part is the recipe section... beauty recipes that is! You can be making your own skincare, body products and hair care in no time... even tinted lip glosses. There are over 100 recipes to indulge in!

The recipes are well written and simple instructions make them easy to follow - there is even a chapter on ingredients and techniques, plus a further section on where to purchase ingredients.

A lovely gift for anyone who loves their skincare and pampering treats, especially those who prefer organic and natural products.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on 22 September 2010
This is a really good book! In the introduction it gives you a list of reasons why you may wish to make your own products and then goes on to explain how high street brands con us into using their chemical nastiness giving a glossary of misleading terms such as 'hypo-allergenic' and 'derived from...', which may sound innocent, but they are not what they seem! The author gives a short explanation of various chemicals and the effects they have on our skin and our health.
There's a chapter on essential oils, explaining why it's important to make sure you use 100% pure. Instructions on how to infuse your own oils with flowers and herbs. There's a sciencey section all about how your skin works, which I found quite interesting and there's even recipes for things to eat in order to feed your skin from the inside.
But you can skip all if that and go straight to the 'potion-making'. There's a basic list of common ingredients such as butters, plant oils, essential oils, and a list of kitchen equipment that will be very useful to you.
The recipes are easily set into catergories: The face (cleansers, toners, moisturisers, lip treats, the mouth, masks), the body (cleansers & scrubs, lotions & butters, deodorants, masks), the hair (cleansers, rinses, conditioners) the hands & feet, bathroom bliss, baby & bump, chocolate potions, love potions. There's really something for everyone in here. Some things only have 2 ingredients that just need to be melted together....easy!
There's a very useful section at the back with a list of suppliers to buy your ingredients, and even includes a site for very pretty glass bottles and packaging.
One of the best parts of the book is that all recipes include the shelf life! I find when looking at recipes on the internet, very few of them include this, which is pretty useless really. Some of these recipes you have to use straight away, but the majority are between 2-12 months :)
My only problem with this book is that quite a lot of the recipes use rose/rose otto essential oils (50 drops at a time in some cases), for those of you not familiar with these oils, it costs around £28 for a mere 2ml! so unless you are rather rich, you may find yourself skipping a fair few recipes. But with a little research into essential oils, you will find something to replace the rose oils that has similar properties, so all is not lost and I therefore give this book a well deserved 5 stars.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 17 January 2009
I suffer from sensitive skin and can never really trust products bought from shops as most have chemicals even if they don't declare them clearly.

So I bought this book and have tried a few recipes so far and total success! Easy to make and fun too! My skin is soft and smooth and smells gorgeous after using the bath melts. And I love using cocoa butter as I always smell like chocolate! As I am also allergic to perfumes that is pretty useful!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 5 May 2011
I enjoyed this book and am regularly flicking through it for inspiration for making my own stuff.

The book has a concise introductory chapter stating and arguing the main points for not buying ready-made toiletries and cosmetics and making your own instead. Even thought there are other very interesting books and websites I've read for more in-depth information of what goes on the the world of manufactured cosmetics, I think this introductory chapter in this book is very well written and dense in essential information that will make quite an impression on the reader who reads about these things for the first time.

The recipes section abounds in ideas about what and how to make as own toiletries. It is in fact so simple and cheap to make my own, just mix together a few natural ingredients and voila hand-made toiletries better and healthier than any shiny supermarket brand has even been! I usually just loosely follow the recipes suggested, as I replace ingredients with what I've got available and what I fancy at that moment. It's so easy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 17 January 2012
I searched Amazon for a book that has natural skin care products with ingredients I could source easily in the UK. This book is great for that. The recipes are simple and easy to follow. There are not lots of pretty coloured pictures but I don't mind that. I like the author's approach to skin care products and her beliefs. There is also an introduction about looking after your skin, diet etc which is a nice read as well. Would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for simple recipes to make at home. You can buy the ingredients in the recipes either online or in your local health food store.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 19 January 2009
Excellent! Just what i was looking for. Well written and easy to follow, and included things I could do with the children too - which they love! Great for those wet weekends, and clearing out the cupboards! The author knows what she is talking about and does so with great style and knowledge. Am looking forward to the next potion making sessions...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 9 April 2011
this is the second natural beauty book that i have bought and its really good,recipes are easy enough and ingredients not to difficult to find,it also tells what the shelf life is which is really useful.all in all a really good fun natural beauty book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The Holistic Beauty Book: With Over 100 Natural Recipes for Beautiful Skin

This is a very comprehensive guide , good for beginners like myself. Some of the recipes use essential oils, some flower waters & other ingredients. I feel there is a fair mix of easy to source ingredients & those which may require more time to track down. There is advice on the beneficial properties of ingredients, storage & packaging for gifts. The book also contains a few edible recipes for internal nutritional wellbeing. The book is divided into sections for each part of the body. The best thing for me is that there are suggestions for variations. I really enjoyed looking through the book & can't wait to try the recipes for myself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 September 2013
Star is truly a Star, what a fabulous book with fabulous recipes! I had previously bought many DIY skincare books and almost always been disappointed. Either they contained ingredients that were only available to buy from the author, such as those written by Aromantic (which really infuriated me) or they contained recipes that don't work (emulsifying with beeswax?! doesn't work!).

The Holistic Beauty Book contains recipes that are fun, easy to follow and most importantly - they WORK. Once I found this book, I actually embarked on a career in natural skincare and haven't looked back. Star's knowledge and experience shine through the recipes in this book and it shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone that she also runs a successful online natural skincare school at Formula Botanica.

If you're going to buy one book to learn DIY skincare recipes, then buy this one. You won't be disappointed. The two reviewers who gave this book 1 star obviously didn't open the book in the first place!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 June 2012
There are a decent amount of recipes in this book to help you make products to replace the processed products you may use in your daily/weekly life. Star (the author) give you a good amount of information about dubious ingredients in most processed products out there, and even gives you a website where you can type in whatever wierd polysyllabic ingredient you aren't so sure about and find out possible harmful properties of that product. You have info of various companies from which you can purchase containers and ingredients as well. I once contacted her to get some info and she was really helpful as well. I think this book's a good starting point for people wanting to move away from chemical riddled product to make products that are genuinely natural and good for you.
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